Training at home has many benefits. Sometimes working out at a gym can be very distracting. People talk to you, machines are taken up and people are slamming weights.
When you train at home, you get no distractions. Plus, you have the benefit of setting up your gym however you like. Just make sure you answer these questions before you start building.
NO. 1: HOW MUCH SPACE DO I NEED TO SET UP A HOME GYM?
Space is the major determining factor in your home gym. Ideally a garage, basement or spare bedroom will make for a perfect workout room.
You want enough room to fit your basic equipment; at a minimum, you should be able to fit an Olympic barbell.
You also want to be aware of the flooring. If you live in an apartment building, it may not be wise to set up an area for deadlifts (unless you live on the bottom level).
Be wary of any windows; make sure they’re not in the way of where you will be setting up your equipment.
Make sure the room has proper ventilation to keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter (although portable heaters and fans can be used). An example of a bad space would be a hallway or walkway of any kind.
NO. 2: HOW MUCH WILL IT COST TO SET UP A HOME GYM?
It can get pricey if you let it. Remember: It’s an investment at first, but using it every day will quickly make it a bargain compared to any gym membership.
On top of avoiding the enhancement fees and some gyms charge, you’re saving on the cost of transporting yourself to the gym.
Give yourself a budget. You can have a great home gym for under a couple of hundred bucks. First, determine what equipment you need and want. Here are my essentials:
Olympic barbell and weight plates
Squat stand with adjustable set up
Adjustable bench that goes decline, incline and flat
Cardio equipment (elliptical, treadmill, bike or even something as simple as a jump rope)
The equipment you purchase will be based on how much available space you have and how much your budget allows for.
If you have a two-car garage and a big budget you can build an insane gym. By the same token if you have a small room and a small budget you can still construct a gym that will give you awesome results.
Once you determine what equipment you need, bargain shop. Utilize sites like Craigslist where you can find great equipment for pennies on the dollar. Have patience when shopping for equipment and wait for a bargain.